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East Islip Girls Winter Track Team Captures First-Ever County Championship

Photo courtesy of East Islip School District

The East Islip High School girls winter track team won the Suffolk County girls indoor track and field small school championships on Feb. 4 for the first time in school history. The competition took place at Suffolk Credit Union Arena at Suffolk Community College’s Brentwood campus.

Grace Micali opened up the scoring by winning the triple jump with a jump of over 36 feet. Brianna Tucci won the 1,500-meter racewalk in only her third time competing in the event, with senior captain Jaclyn Scandale earning sixth place to round out the scoring, Chloe Garatina won the long jump with a jump of more than 17 feet, with Micali right behind her to help secure 18 massive points for East Islip.

Danielle Simonetti impressively ran in three events in 45 minutes, winning the 600-meter race and taking third in the 300-meter. Her times were the fastest in school history outside of her own previous times.

In the relays, the 4×200-meter relay team of Carly Amato, Maya Brown, Chloe Garatina and Kaylee Garatina earned a valuable fourth place finish, while East Islip’s 4×400-meter relay team of Danielle Birner, Micali, Simonetti and Danika Tidridge beat the top-ranked team in the state, setting a new county meet record time of 4:04.64.

“Congrats to the entire team on an unbelievable season,” coach John Reynolds said.

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